posted on Feb, 26 2006 @ 03:16 AM
The Marines have landed....once again. This time with the first ever, newly formed Marine Special Operations Command that falls directly under the
U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). An opening ceremony was held Feb.24, 2006 at Camp Lejeune NC.
Since USSOCOM’s creation in 1987, the Marine Corps has been an outside factor in helping it accomplish these missions.
Now having their own Special Forces component, Marines will directly support current SOF missions and begin new missions with different purposes.
The key tasks of MARSOC will be: direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, counterterrorism, information operations, and
MARSOC will still have a long ways to go before they reach the same standards as the Army, Navy and Airforce Special Operation Commands. Starting out
MARSOC has three main components, The Foreign Military Training Unit (FMTU), The Marine Special Operations Support Group (MSOG) and two Marine Special
Operations Battalions (MSOB).
In May 2006 Marine special operations companies will be established and will deploy along with Marine expeditionary units (Special Operations
Capable). Deploying with MEUs will give MARSOC an even wider scope and range of support that no other service currently has.
Elements of different units, including 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism), will transition into needed areas of MARSOC to give it a
stronger foundation in its early years.
The Current Marine Detachment one
, a pilot program under the command of Naval Special
Warfare Squadron One will soon be inegrated into MARSOC.
I think this is a great idea. The Marine Corps has always had the capability and training to function as a special operations/SF unit (and have on
many occassions) but due to military politics in the 80's that role was never taken on by Marines. Ever since 9/11 the Marine Corps has been
tayloring it's forces to fight the War on Terrorism. The reactivation of the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade
was only the first of many changes made to the Corps followed by standup of
Marine Detachment one
and the Foreign Military Training Unit.
This will definately change the way that special operations are conducted and give a much needed break to the other services special ops units.
Thoughts and concerns? Do you see this as a positive for the Special Operations Community? Why or Why not?
Other MARSOC links
MARSOC - About.com
MARSOC - GlobalSecurity.org
MARSOC - Wikipedia (good read)
[edit on 26/2/2006 by SportyMB]